‘Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra’ by Geraldine Clarkson

  Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra (Dali, 1936)   Having always used her music as a tool, a gift to stifle hurt in others, a niche into which she could stuff pansies or wallflowers, a grey to be drenched with peony or tangerine, she became pliable, perfectly responsive to circumstance, a kitten following its master, chase-and-nibble. At … Continue reading ‘Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra’ by Geraldine Clarkson

‘Vermeer’s Milk Maid’ by Esther Morgan

Vermeer’s Milk Maid I want to steal this picture – the stillness of the girl’s averted face as she concentrates on a ribbon of milk, oblivious of my presence. This is a moment of balance, like the rounded belly of the pitcher hefted in her palm, the endless shift of weight from vessel to vessel. It’s like observing someone at prayer – my mother framed … Continue reading ‘Vermeer’s Milk Maid’ by Esther Morgan